Aug 11, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Culinary Arts Certificate

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Warren Leigh, 413.552.2298,


The Culinary Arts Certificate Program prepares students for various types of cooking positions in the diverse field of foodservice. The program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation, and HCC is the only Massachusetts community college with this certification. The Certificate serves as the first year to HCC’s A.S. in Foodservice Management, as well as preparing students to go on to culinary degree-granting institutions such as Johnson & Wales University, the Culinary Institute of America, and New England Culinary Institute.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • use a hands-on approach to identify, define, and appropriately handle a vast variety of food product and equipment as utilized in the commercial kitchen, dining room, and bakeshop
  • understand the current industry standards as well as legal and ethical issues involved in the safe-handling and service of food and beverages 
  • use a teamwork-based business approach to identify, define, respond to, and evaluate problems in various foodservice industry situations and offer resolutions to these problems 
  • further their understanding of professional development in the industry
  • utilize basic arithmetic
  • understand current nutritional issues



Students must pass the NRAEF ServSafe exam in order to complete the requirements for attaining the certificate. CUL 111  may be waived in lieu of an earned and valid ServSafe Certificate.


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